The Water Bowl: Penguin Poops on Kentucky Senate Floor

01/26/2012 at 12:30 PM EST

The Water Bowl: Penguin Poops on Kentucky Senate Floor
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A penguin from Kentucky's Newport Aquarium was an honored guest at the state senate this week, where the aquarium was honored for its contributions to the aquatic world. The penguin, named Paula, decided it was as good a time as any to poop on the senate floor. –Lexington Herald-Leader

After unsuccessful attempts to refloat 33 of 99 whales that had stranded themselves in New Zealand, the 33 whales had to be shot. The whales' condition had severely deteriorated. –AP

Thoroughbred racehorses share a "speed gene" that plays a role in muscle development. New research shows that the gene can be traced back to a single mare that lived in the U.K. about 300 years ago. –The Irish Times

A female Borean orangutan named Kira has become the first orangutan to have Implanon, a contraceptive device for humans, implanted in her arm. A Cleveland Clinic women's health specialist helped the staff at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo implant the contraceptive. –Cleveland Plan-Dealer

Is your pup getting a little ... puffy? Consider sending your overweight dog to fat camp – for pooches! A lean, fit dog can increase life expectancy by two years. –Jezebel

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